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Keeler Sumpter, Jr

January 7, 1935 ~ January 11, 2021 (age 86)

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Keeler Sumpter, Jr was born on January 7, 1935 in Bucksport, SC to Keeler Sumpter, Sr and Lula Ackerman Sumpter.  

His early childhood years were fun years and he spent so many days with his beloved and loyal dog "Jack" by his side.   Keeler Jr., attended and completed his primary and secondary education at Richardson Training School in Bucksport and Whittermore High School in Conway, SC..   What a joy it was for him to become the local School bus driver when he was in High School.  Keeler met his soul-mate, Georgia McCray whom he affectionately called his "Sweetie", in School, and they were wed in holy matrimony and to their union were added three children:  Anthony, Lutrenda and Judith.

It was his most personal joy to spend spare time enjoying his favorite past time fishing.   Oh, how he enjoyed going fishing and sharing that joy with others who also enjoyed this fulfilling experience.

Keeler was a hard worker and worked many trades. Yet, he said his life was not really complete until he accepted Christ as his personal Savior.  He was baptized at Trinity Temple SDA Church, in Newark, NJ .   He learned over time to place God first in everything he did.  He chose to become a servant leader and served his church in several capacities but was a most valuable leader as Church Deacon to his beloved Trinity Temple and Bethel SDA churches for many years.  Keller Jr. Sumpter subsequently served the Bethel SDA Church as Head Elder.

Keeler Jr., maintained an everlasting deep faith in God and love for his wife.  Yet, Keeler Jr., was that family member that so many could count on to help them in time of need.

Preceding him in death is his father Keeler Sumpter, Sr, his mother, Lula Sumpter, His brothers:  Franklin and  Leroy Sumpter, His sisters: Rose Blair, Anestine Draggon, Mary Hyde, Thomasena Sumpter, and Edythe Karr.

In addition to his wife and children cherishing his memories are his only surviving sister, Odessa Gentile, Latisha Chester along with his beloved grandchildren, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his classmates and friends, along with his beloved sisters and brothers of Bethel, Loris and Mount Olive SDA Churches. Certainly, Keeler Jr.'s endearment to the Bucksport community is a testament of one who never boasted about what he did for others.   

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Keeler Sumpter to: Bethel SDA Church, Bucksport, SC 27527

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